March 13

Young bands with old souls

If you happened to catch No Quarter, the Led Zeppelin tribute band at the Crystal Ballroom a couple weeks back, you also may have caught the opener, Fox and The Law, who sounded like Rush covering Zeppelin covering the Monkees. Yes, it was garage punk meets prog rock, kiddos, and they had the crowd of Page-Plant heads eating out of the sweaty palms of their calloused guitar-playing hands.

The Seattle band shares a bill with Portland’s own very fine Tango Alpha Tango, a four-piece bluesy, funky, folky and spacey group led by guitarist, raspy singer/songwriter Nathan Trueb. His wife, Mirabai, plays bass and Joey Harmon bangs the skins with Daniel Jones on keys and guitar. Check out the band’s YouTube video for “Aralia Spinosa,” a nice melodic folk number for starters. Portland melodic, ‘60s-influenced folk-rock trio The Lower 48 rounds out this great bill, which is proof the Northwest actually can support bands that sport young people with great skin but aren’t all cute and entitled, if you know what we mean.

Tango Alpha Tango, Fox and the Law, The Lower 48, 9 p.m. Thursday, March 13, Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St. $10 in advance. $12 at the door. Info: 503-231-9663,

March 15

Jicks just keep gettin’ harder to define

Stephen Malkmus, formerly of indie legends Pavement and lead singer and guitarist for The Jicks, notes “most music is a kind of distortion of the original thing that comes out of your head.”

If that’s the case, then Malkmus’ head, which recently moved back with his family from Berlin to Portland, apparently has wandered through Ray Davies’, Dickey Betts’, Ian Anderson’s, Frank Black’s and Al Green’s. At least that’s if the sixth Jicks’ record “Wig Out at Jagbags” is any indication. The songs draw on diverse musical sources — not to mention tempo changes — and at first sound experimental, then sentimental and melodious as you listen more. It all comes together nicely in an eclectic and not-too-much, not-too-little guitar-centric fashion that puts the record squarely in the middle between the indie world of which Malkmus is a revered sage and the more middle-of-the-road sounds classic rockers created.

“I think the ‘70s were kind of the apotheosis of guitar soloing,” the 47-year-old Malkmus says when asked about the classic rock guitar lines that grace the record. “It’s just wired into my system in a different way.”

Malkmus says The Jicks’ upcoming show here is a revue of his career’s work, including some Pavement tunes as well as some covers.

“It’s just to have a good time and shake your tail,” he says.

He adds that living in Berlin the past few years may or may not have influenced his sound. The Internet is the “great leveler of culture,” he says, noting where you live doesn’t have as much influence on your art as it did in decades past. Then again, you never know what living in the town that gave us Iggy Pop’s and David Bowie’s collaborations may have done to you.

“Moving somewhere new is like injecting yourself into a new bloodstream,” he says. “There’s new antibodies to interact with.”

Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks, Sun Foot, 9 p.m. Saturday, March 15, Star Theater, 13 N.W. Sixth Ave. $24. Info: 503-345-7892,

'Round town

• Con Bro Chill recently released a video at, “We Came To Party,” which hits you where it feels best — in your neon dance-music booty. Comprised of front man and keytar specialist Connor Martin, lead singer Sam Martin, and dance-duo Steve Felts and Ty Andre, this insane band of Village People has worked with Maroon 5, David Guetta, and Ziggy Marley and may be the most fun you’ll have this week without stumbling into an Irish bar. 8 p.m. Friday, March 14, Wonder Ballroom, 128 N.E. Russell St. All ages. $13 in advance. $15 at the door. Info: 503-284-8686,

• Brooklyn melodic emo-punk rockers Bayside make it seem like the Warped Tour is here long before summer. Supporting their newest album “CULT,” the band plays along with Four Year Strong, Daylight and Mixtapes at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 15, in The Hawthorne Theatre,1507 S.E. 39th Ave. $16 in advance, $18 at the door. Info: 503-233-7100,

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